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An efficient MPU6050 driver based on the I2Cdevlib library, providing fused orientation (quaternion), acceleration and rotational data via the on-device digital motion processor (DMP). Includes sensor offset calibration and raw unfused sensor data. This TypeScript module runs on Raspberry Pi 3 & 4. Communications with MPU6050 hardware is via I2C with the MPU6050 in the slave role. I2C communications is provided by the rpio package.



  • Node 10+
  • MPU6050 IC
  • Raspberry Pi 3 or 4 with I2C enabled


npm install @ros2jsguy/mpu6050-motion-data

Quick Start

With your MPU6050 powered up and connected to a Raspiberry Pi or similar microcontroller (see circuit below), begin by importing this module's key TypeScript constructs.

import {
  Data3D, MotionData, MPU6050, Utils 
} from '@ros2jsguy/mpu6050-motion-data';

Next create an instance of the MPU6050 class to communicate with your MPU6050 chip via I2C.

const imu = new MPU6050();

// use testConnection() to ensure the mpu6050 is working properly
console.log('Device connected:', imu.testConnection());

At this point motion data should be available from the chip. Here's how we access it:

const motionData = imu.getMotionData();
// {
//   accel: {
//     x:   -56,
//     y:   128,
//     z: 16498
//   },
//   gyro {
//     x:   3,
//     y:   8
//     z: -21
//   },
// }

The MPU6050 class provides additional methods for accessing a subset of the motion data:

  • getAccel()
  • getGyro()

Things To Know

  1. Always call MPU6050#initialize() before using new instances of the class.
let imu = new MPU6050();
  1. The default I2C address is 0x68 and baud rate is 400000. See I2C Configuration to customize these settings.

  2. The MPU6050 sensors must be calibrated before use. Do this by computing the accelerometer and gyroscope sensor offsets and applying them before use. See Sensor Calibration for details.

  3. Volatile Data
    Several of the MPU6050 class methods read and return data from the MPU605 device as a JavaScript Buffer. These buffers are volatile and should never be written to or accessed beyond the use of any method that reads from the MPU6050 device.

let buf = imu.dmpGetCurrentFIFOPacket(); // buf data is valid
let data = imu.dmpGetMotionData(buf); // buf data still valid
imu.dmpPacketAvailable() // buf data invalid 

Using Digital Motion Processing (DMP)

Where this library excels over other Nodejs MPU6050 drivers is its access to the MPU6050 Digital Motion Processing (DPU) Unit. The DPU performs complex sensor fusion computation directly on the MPU6050 which can greatly improve the performance of your application.

Note that use of DMP is optional.

When DMP is enabled the MPU6050 is configured as follows:

  • DMP runs at 200 Hz
  • Sensor data is output to the FIFO
  • The FSYNC/INT pin has a 50 us pulse sent every 5 ms to indicate data is available
  • Clock Source = X-Gyro
  • Accelerometer Full-scale Range = 2g
  • Gyroscope Full-scale Range = +-2000 deg/sec
  • DMP Raw Data Interrupt is enabled
  • Interrupt is cleared on any read
  • Rate divider = 4

The MPU6050 class dmpInitialize() method uploads the InvenSense Motion Driver v6.12 image to the DMP. The DMP then continuously produces fused sensor data stored into FIFO memory.

Sensor Calibration

MPU6050-Motion-Data provides the calibrate script and an api for calculating and loading the MPU6050 accelerometer and gyro sensor offsets used by the DMP.

To use the calibrate utility, open a terminal on your Raspberry Pi with current working directory (cwd) in your Nodejs project for which @ros2jsguy/mpu6050-motion-data has been added as a dependency.

Next run the following command:

sudo npx calibrate

//           X Accel  Y Accel  Z Accel   X Gyro   Y Gyro   Z Gyro
//OFFSETS      -4470    -1753     2100       94      129      145

The utility outputs the accelerometer and gyroscope offsets for future use with the mpu6050.setSensorOffsets() method.

// example
mpu6050.setSensorOffsets(-4470, -1753, 2100, 94, 129, 145);

Alternatively you can use the mpu6050 api as shown below to dynamically compute offsets during your application's initialization.


Hardware Interrupts

The MPU6050 can be configured to generate an interrupt signal on the INT pin when data is ready. The INT pin has two modes for signalling a data-ready event.

GY-521 breakout board

The default mode is to apply a 50 us active state pulse on the INT pin. The default active state is HIGH. Alternatively, the interrupt system can be programmed to set the INT pin to its active state when data is ready and to remain active until the interrupt is cleared. This is known as the "latch" mode.

// enable latch signaling mode on the INT pin 

The data-ready interrupt is cleared by either directly reading the data-ready interrupt register or by configuring the interrupt system to automatically clear the data-ready interrupt when any register is read.

Internally the "onoff" GPIO library is used for polling GPIO pins for state changes. This library lacks the polling resolution to consistently detect the 50 us active state pulses of the default INT pin signaling mode. Therefore, the "latch" mode is recommended for

// Data-ready interrupt is cleared only when reading 
// the data-ready interrupt 

// Clear the data-ready interrupt on any data read

I2C Configuration Options

The MPU6050 class constructor can accept an optional I2COptions parameter for specifying the I2C address and baud rate for communicating with the MPU6050 chip.

The default I2COptions are:

  i2cAddress: 0x68,
  baudRate: 400000

Here is an example using the alternate MPU6050 I2C address.

new MPU6050({i2cAddress: 0x69});


In this example a Raspberry Pi 4 communicates with a MPU6050 on a low cost GY-521 breakout board via I2C. The MPU6050 operates in I2C slave mode with a default I2C address of 0x68. Note the orientation markings of your breakout board for alignment with the data output in the following example.

The wiring is simple with the GY-521 board powered directly from the 3.3V output of the RPI.

Fizz schematic

Note you must enable I2C on your RPI device as it is typically not enabled by default. Additionally you may need to run in sudo mode.

I set up this example with I2C enabled on my RPI running Ubuntu 20.4 and node 12.

tsc <your-example.ts>
sudo node <your-example.js>

TypeScript example code:

import { MPU6050} from "../mpu6050";
import { Utils } from "../utils";
import { InterruptMonitor } from "../interrupt-monitor";

const GPIO_MPU6050_DATA_PIN = 18;

function main() {
  let interrupts = 0;

  const imu = new MPU6050();
  console.log('MPU6050 Device')
  console.log('       connected: ', imu.testConnection());
  console.log('              id: ', imu.getDeviceID());
  console.log('  temperature(F): ', Utils.celciusToF(imu.getTemperature()).toFixed(2));

  console.log('\nDMP initialize and calibrate...');

  // calibrate sensors

  // setup interrupt

  // setup interrupt event monitoring and handling
  const interruptMonitor = new InterruptMonitor(GPIO_MPU6050_DATA_PIN);
  interruptMonitor.on('data', () => {
      if (++interrupts === 1) console.log('  Receiving interrupt(s)');
      const buf = imu.dmpGetCurrentFIFOPacket();
      if (buf) {
        const data = imu.dmpGetMotionData(buf);
  interruptMonitor.on('error', (error: Error) => {
    console.log('Data error:', error.message);

  // run for 10 seconds then shutdown process
  }, 10000);

  console.log('\nSampling data for 10 seconds');
  imu.setDMPEnabled(true); // start DMP, data-ready interrupts should be raised
  console.log('  Waiting for interrupts');



  1. MPU-6050 Specification Datasheet
  2. MPU-6050 Register Map and Descriptions
  3. Motion Driver 6.1 - User Guide
  4. mpu6050 Arduino Library Github repo by Electronic Cats
  5. I2Cdevlib MPU6050 library


MPU6050-Motion-Data is mostly a direct TypeScript translation of the I2Cdevlib MPU6050 Arduino library. Thus all credit goes to it's principle author, Jeff Rowberg.


All assistance welcome. Please fork this repo, make your proposed changes and submit as a PR.

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